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Finalists announced for Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

childrensbookweekThe Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the finalists for the seven major awards it administers.

The finalists are:

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)

Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000)

  • Le lion et l’oiseau by Marianne Dubuc (Les Editions de la Pasteque)
  • Ma petite boule d’amour by Jasmine Dubé; Jean-Luc Trudel, illus. (Les Editions de la Bagnole)
  • Le Noël de Marguerite by India Desjardins; Pascal Blanchet, illus. (La Pasteque)
  • La plus grosse poutine du monde by Andrée Poulin (Bayard Canada)
  • Destins croisés by Élizabeth Turgeon (Les Editions du Boréal)

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)

  • Fox and Squirrel by Ruth Ohi (Scholastic Canada)
  • How To by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
  • The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson; Dušan Petričić, illus. (Annick Press)
  • My Name is Blessing by Eric Walters; Eugenie Fernandes, illus. (Tundra Books)
  • Where Do You Look? by Marthe Jocelyn and Nell Jocelyn (Tundra Books)

Norma Fleck Award for Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)

  • Branded By the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington (Second Story Press)
  • A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World by Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky; Qin Leng, illus. (Kids Can)
  • The Last Train: A Holocaust Story by Rona Arato (Owlkids Books)
  • Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
  • My Name Is Blessing by Eric Walters; Eugenie Fernandes, illus. (Tundra Books)

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)

  • Brothers at War by Don Cummer (Scholastic Canada)
  • Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass (Pajama Press)
  • Little Red Lies by Julie Johnston (Tundra)
  • The Manager by Caroline Stellings (Cape Breton University Press)
  • Me & Mr. Bell by Philip Roy (CBUP)

John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)

  • Curse of the Dream Witch by Allan Stratton (Scholastic Canada)
  • Rush (The Game: Book 1) by Eve Silver (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
  • Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • The Stowaways by Meghan Merentette; Dean Griffiths, illus. (Pajama Press)
  • Slated (Slated Trilogy: Book 1) by Teri Terry (Nancy Paulson Books/Penguin)

The French-language award will be presented in Montreal on Oct. 28, while the English-language awards will be handed out Nov. 6 at a gala in Toronto.

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award, presented in partnership with CBC Books, will also be presented at the Toronto event. Young readers will be able to cast their vote at cbcbooks.ca starting Sept. 18.